Beautiful purple-veined, blue-green leaves tinged with reddish-purple. Frilly leaf margins resemble oak leaves that have a mild sweet flavor. Red Russian Kale is a vigorous plant that can grow 46-91 cm (18-36") tall and achieve a spread of 45 cm (18”) wide. Kale is very hardy plant and can withstand even a hard freeze. Cold weather causes kale to become very sweet. Hardy to -12°C ( -10°F).
Kale is a nutritious and versatile vegetable that is easy to grow in a variety of climates. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade, and can be propagated from seed or transplants. Plant seeds or transplants in early spring or fall, 0.5-1cm (¼-½”) deep and spaced 30-45cm (12-18”) apart. Keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate or the transplants take root. Kale can benefit from regular applications of compost or a balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season. The plant can grow up to 60-90cm (24-36”) tall, and can be harvested by picking individual leaves or by cutting the entire plant. To promote continued growth, remove the lower leaves as they yellow and become tough. Kale can be harvested at any time during the growing season, but is sweeter after a frost.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil. Planting Depth: Plant seeds or transplants 0.5-1cm (¼-½”) deep. Germination: 7-10 days. Height at Maturity: Up to 60-90cm (24-36”) tall. Days to Maturity: 55-75 days. Watering: Keep soil moist until seeds germinate or transplants take root. Kale prefers consistent watering throughout the season. Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade. Spacing after Thinning: Space plants 30-45cm (12-18”) apart.